Grace, Greater Than all our Sin
by Ronald W Robey
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
I am so thankful the Apostle Paul included this verse in his epistle to the Romans. This verse speaks to the overcoming power of Grace in the life of the saved in Christ.
“Sin shall not have dominion over you”. It will not have the lordship in your life.
There are many today who believe that if a Christian sins, he forfeits the gift of Salvation that was given by Grace alone, though Faith alone, in Christ alone. If this were even possible, then what the Apostle Paul wrote to those “called to be saints” in the verse above, is a flat-out lie.
If sin can cause you to lose your salvation, then sin has lordship over you. Yet, the Apostle Paul said to the saved, sin SHALL NOT have dominion over you.” (emphasis added ofr clarity)
“SHALL NOT” implies that something will not take place. And yet, Christians do sin. Christians occasionally do give in to the lusts of the flesh. If any man says he has no sin, he deceives himself. Therefore, that sin shall not have dominion over you must have a DEEPER meaning.
In Exodus 20, we read the original Ten Commandments that God handed down to Moses for the children of Israel. In that set of Commandments, there are ten “shalt not’s” mentioned.
Now, we know that many people in the Bible killed, stole, committed adultery, had other gods, made graven images, coveted, The did the things that God said, “Thou shalt not…”.
And they were either put to death for their doing what God said not to do, or they were punished severely with sickness or by some other fashion.
The punishment they receved was for their doing that which God said was not to be done. Sin carried a punishment for the children of Israel.
But for the saved in Christ, the Aposlte stated, “Sin shall not have dominion over you; for ye are not under Law, but under Grace.”
The dominion, the lordship, of sin is the penalty that sin brings with it.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Those who come to saving faith in Christ Jesus are not bound by the penalty of sin that the children of Israel were bound to. Christ Jesus took the penalty of sin upon Himself that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. Contrary to the belief that one will lose one’s Salvation if one sins, the word of God assures us that Grace is greater than all our sins.
In his first epistle, the Apostle John assures us that, “If we sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.” An Advocate… an Attorney… one who stands in our defense. One who is your advocate doesn’t give up on you when you fail. Instead, he will plead your cause before the Judge.
If you hire an attorney, what is your reason for hiring him? Is it not because you trust him to either get you acquitted of a crime you have been charged with, or to get you a lesser punishment for committing that crime? You trust your attorney to move the court, the Judge and the Jury, to have leniency in your case.
So also, Jesus pleads our cause when we fail. He stands in our defense and tells the Father why we must be seen as “righteous”. We are seen as righteous because we have placed our trust in Him, and He, our Advocate… presents us as righteous.
For where sin did abound, Grace did much more abound.
Hallelujah! Amen!